The charity now known as Sons & Friends of the Clergy (or just 'Sons & Friends') is in fact an amalgamation over time of six Anglican clergy support organisations. The first of these, the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy, was founded in 1655 by a group of sons of clergy to support destitute clergy during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In 1678, the organisation, by then known as the Governors of the Charity for Relief of Poor Widows and Children of Clergymen, received a Royal Charter from Charles II. A fuller history of the organisation can be found below.

Today, Sons & Friends continues this centuries-old tradition of supporting clergy households in times of crisis or need. We see our purpose as promoting, sustaining and renewing the wellbeing of clergy and their dependents so that clergy flourish and thus are able to serve God’s people. Throughout our history we have done this by providing financial grants to eligible households in times of hardship. More recently we have begun to explore how we can respond to the wider ‘clergy wellbeing’ agenda being debated within the Church.